Tokyo Black (Thomas Caine Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I read tons of action, adventure, mystery. I know how many books I've put aside from amateurish plotting, plodding story lines, and unbelievable heroes.
This novel is GREAT! One page in and already I am engrossed in the story line. CIA, Thailand, Japan... what more could you want, especially when the plot races... and is believable... real humans could actually do all the things that happen.
Sure... towards the end, the plot circumstances become more extreme... but never to the point of being unbelievable... real situations and characters that manage to survive through luck and skill.
Read this book. Fast paced. Descriptions of places and events that put you right there. I'm going to have to follow Andrew Warren... hope he writes many more.
You can usually tell when an author throws a book together without doing his or her research. And then you can tell when someone really has a passion for something or someplace. You can tell that Warren has a passion for writing a well thought out and detailed thriller and that he loves Japan and Japanese culture (the good and the bad).
Tokyo Black is a look into the deep and dark world of a gang that is filled with ex-Yakuza members who believe that the Yakuza has lost their ways and that they need to start over again. To join, you just need to have your Yakuza tattoo's removed in the most painful ways imaginable. If you can survive the pain -- you may join. And what do they call themselves? Tokyo Black. Thomas Caine is thrown into the middle of this as he searches for a CIA asset's missing daughter.
The story itself was really detailed. As I wrote about, I could really tell that Warren either spent time in and around Tokyo or spent a lot of time researching their cultures, traditions, and landmarks. At first I felt like I was being dropped into a series mid-run, but after a little while Warren started to explain who Caine was and why we were following him. It took a little while to get there, but once the story did, it picked up the pace and really moved towards the end.
Thomas Caine is one of those 'I like you but I don't like you' kind of main characters. He has one of those personalities that I could have really hated, but he grew on me.
The story itself was really interesting, but a little too detail oriented. I enjoy the details but sometimes it just felt like it dragged on a little too much. As I mentioned above, the story did pick up about a third of the way in and did continue at a pretty good pace from there one. But getting through the first third was harder than I usually like.
Overall though, Tokyo Black was one of those thrillers for people who like detail-written plots with really researched topics, great character development, and a nice medium-to-fast paced story.
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